2023 Collegiate Meeting & Awards

March 31, 2023

Congratulations 2022 Contest Winners!

Awards from the 2022 Collegiate Contest were presented March 31 at Clemson University.
Here’s more about our Collegiate Meeting & Awards Presentation! 

Winners Presentation with Judges’ Comments

View and download slides containing winners’ name, newspaper and graphic representation. Contains judges’ comments for First Place winners, as well as secret winners. 

Collegiate Meeting Program


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General Excellence Winners

Under 5,000: The Patriot, Francis Marion University

Over 5,000: The Tiger, Clemson University

Under 5,000 Journalist of the Year

Mitchell Mercer
The Bluestocking
Presbyterian College

In the Under 5,000 Division, this journalist’s adviser notes she has never met anyone quite like her nominee.  The journalist is focused, determined, fiendishly productive, while also maintaining a stance in his personal and professional interactions that is thoughtful, kind and genuinely helpful. In large ways and small, his rare combination of qualities—the driven journalist who nonetheless has a gentle touch—gets the job done and also warms the heart. 
To say this journalist wears many hats is an understatement. He’s served as sports writer, columnist, sports editor and currently as editor-in-chief of The Bluestocking, as well as station manager for WPCX, video producer for the BlueTube station and he also hosts a sports podcast. He’s written for his hometown newspaper, worked as a stringer for a local sports website and interned at SCETV. Plus, he’s participated in other student organizations, all while staying on the Dean’s List. Mitchell Mercer has set the bar high in terms of elevated standards and tireless professionalism, and he’s made a real difference at Presbyterian College. His portfolio demonstrates range, skills and talent, and judges know with certainty that Mercer has a bright future in journalism!

Over 5,000 Journalist of the Year

David Ferrara
The Tiger
Clemson University

This year’s recipient leads a staff of 40 by example and demonstrates solid, ethical journalism and a passion for his craft. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, he kept his staff connected and readers engaged through both traditional and new platforms. In addition to impressive multiplatform storytelling and speaking truth to power, he developed an operations model that will be used for years to come. He also grew ad revenue, developed partnerships with other student media groups, organized staff training from industry professionals and renovated the newsroom. He’s a tenacious reporter who works to capture the heart and soul of people through storytelling. Without a doubt, David Ferrara’s dedication, talents, leadership, hard work and commitment have led to The Tiger’s success and today we recognize him with this top honor. 

Duplicate Awards and Plaque Bases

Duplicate awards are available for purchase. Duplicate  certificates are $2 each. If you’d like to frame your Second or Third Place award, wooden plaque bases are available for $25. Prices include shipping. To order, please contact us.

Winners Badge

If you have any questions, contact Jen Madden or call SCPA at (803) 750-9561.